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Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids 187

tcd004 (134130) writes "You've always suspected those trailer-type portable classrooms are no good, right? It turns out you're right. Analysis of prefabricated classrooms in Washington shows the structures often don't allow for proper ventilation, leading to terrible air quality for kids. Students in temporary classrooms have higher rates of absenteeism than those in standard classrooms. And the energy-inefficient structures often become permanent, sucking on school energy bills for decades, and requiring more upkeep than permanent classrooms. What's needed are new designs for healthy, sustainable temporary classrooms."
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Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

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  • Flawed? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @09:35AM (#47107723)

    > What's needed are new designs for healthy, sustainable temporary classrooms.

    No. What's needed are more permanent classrooms.

  • Re:Flawed? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Trepidity ( 597 ) <> on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @09:43AM (#47107805)

    You'd almost think the humans who came up with the idea of "buildings", durable structures intended to last for a significant period of time while sheltering their occupants from the elements, were on to something.

  • Re:Oxymoron (Score:4, Insightful)

    by king neckbeard ( 1801738 ) on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @10:03AM (#47108065)
    They want an environmentally/economically sustainable way of having temporary classrooms when they need them. A similar example would be disposable cutlery. Petroleum based plastic cups are intended to be temporary, but they are not sustainable because they deplete natural resources and do not biodegrade. By contrast, there are now cups that fit that role made from plant products, but will break down after a month or two of environmental exposure. These cups are intended to be temporarily used, but their design is at least intended to be sustainable.
  • Re:Flawed? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sumdumass ( 711423 ) on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @11:40AM (#47109353) Journal

    Its not really vacations and stuff, it is trust and poor stewardship.

    An example, about two decades ago the local schools asked for a levy citing infrastructure nerds and specifically the hvac system at one middle school. About two years later, they put a bond issue on the ballot for a new hvac system. Some people asked questions and found that 90% of the levy went to administration salaries and benifits and the bond was actually tied to fixing the out dated hvac at ths school. Now schools in my area get a lot of fubding from property taxes so as property values increase, minus a bit of lag in the assesment, their funding increases. But they put another levy on the ballot a few years ago and the prople overwhelmingly rejected it. This happened for about 10 years strait then one of the directors retired and was replaced. The levy finally passed- it appeared that the money was going to the schools.But what they did was primarily soak teacher salaries which i don't have too much a problem with but the gave them raises highr than what the levy would cover. So they picked a school snd dropped most of the maintinence on it. In about 10 years, the parents started complaining about the school. The board put yet another levy on the ballot claiming the school wasn't fit so the needed to expand other schools. They even got kids to hold signs saying "kids matter" just down from all the polling offices. The levy passed and to date, it has been the last one

    What they did with the nw levy was repair the condemmed school and make offices there that still arent used with a good portion being turned into a rec center for district teachers. It turns out that because of demographics shifts, the school easily fit into the other 5 elementary schools and money wasn't really needed.

    Now of course when you ask ceertain people, they will paint that all rosie with built in excuses but it is factually correct. This also happened in a disrict right next to another that got busted altering NCLBA or ACES test scores in order to get federal money and the administrator had to be removed because she refused to step down even after federal charges where filed against her.

    No, it isn't always about you spending yoyr money, it is also trusting that your money is needed and being spent properly on the values go up, funding does too.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein